Festivals are also more than just the music, they offer the chance to meet like minded people from around the world bringing people together from all cultures, genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, colours and origins. Festival goers are also more interested in learning about what’s going on in the world and festivals can help raise awareness of issues including the environment to make the world a better place.
Immerse yourself in new cultures this festival season – from partying in a 17th century Balkan fortress or an Icelandic glacier, to pool parties, beach raves or lakeside gigs, there’s something here for everyone wher you can combine music with local culture, sightseeing and gastronomic delights.
SEA STAR FESTIVAL – SUPERSTAR DJs AND MEDITERRANEAN POOL PARTIES IN CROATIA
May 24-25 | seastarfestival.com
Acts Announced: Wu- Tang Clan, Nina Kraviz, Sven Vath, IAMDDB, Illario Alicante, Vojko V, Enrico Sangiuliano, Hladno Pivo, Bajaga i Instruktori, Mahmut Orhan, Marko Nastić, Krankšvester, Fox, Petar Dundov live, High5, Nola, Hazze, Smoke Mardeljano, Buntai, DJ Jock, Lady Lee, Lawrence Klein, Unique, Phat Phillie, Tikach, Yung Ile Sosa & Hourglass, Young Leo, Tito, Jovan M, Sesha, MC Choma, Kiki B., Indy, Sin.
Sea Star is another coastal dance extravaganza hatched by the experts behind EXIT, so it’s no surprise that it’s been nominated in the Best Medium Sized Festival category in this year’s European Festival Awards – less than two years after its first edition (it was also nominated for Best New Festival last year). Sea Star will return this year to the idyllic Stella Maris lagoon in Umag, Croatia on May 24 and 25, with special opening and closing parties on the 23rd and 26th. With over 70 artists on six stages, from local Balkan heroes to international superstars, Sea Star is an event with high production values in a stunning Mediterranean paradise. And if you need a time-out from dancing, Umag’s historical Baroque and Renaissance buildings and winding streets are a hive of quaint bars and restaurants. Still, it won’t be long before you’re drawn back to the lagoon with that 4/4 pulse nearby… Sea Star festival takes place from May 24-25, with an opening party on May 23 and a closing party on May 26.
SECRET SOLSTICE – GLACIER RAVES AND SURREAL MIDNIGHT SUNSHINE IN ICELAND
June 21-24 | secretsolstice.is
Acts announced: Black Eyed Peas, Robert Plant and the Sensational Spaceshifters, Martin Garrix, Rita Ora, Patti Smith, Morcheeba, The Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio, Foreign Beggars, Pussy Riot, Kerri Chandler, MK, Mr.G, Jeremy Underground, Boy Pablo, SMASH TV, ALXJ, Ari Árelíus, Árstíðir, Ása, Auður, BenSöl, Birgir Hákon, Birnir, Captain Syrup, Carla Rose, Chris Hirose, Clint Stewart, ClubDub, Dilivius Lenni, Doctor Victor, Exos, Floni, Grúska Babúska, Hatari, Högni, Ingi Bauer, Joey Christ , Johann Stone, JóiPé & Króli , KrBear, Logi Pedro, Mike The Jacket, Monello, Nitin, Oktavdj, Pink Street Boys, Ragga Holm, Ricoshëi, Rokky, Séra Bjössi , Skaði, Sólstafir, Sprite Zero Klan, Sturla Atlas, Svala, The Vintage Caravan, Una Stef, Vibes, Vök, Vom Feisten, Warmland.
Secret Solstice is all about unique experiences – the most obvious being the fact that the sun doesn’t set for the whole 96 hours, so get used to midnight pool parties in bright sunshine. As well as an eclectic line-up of US, European and local acts, Iceland’s premiere music festival is a bucket list party in the capital Reykjavik during the magical summer solstice. The carbon-neutral festival prides itself on using Iceland’s stunning natural spaces and rugged landscape as a backdrop – while the main stage hosts many of the blockbuster acts, you can literally have an underground vibe, at exclusive raves in a glacier and a 5,000-year-old lava tunnel. Back above ground, catch DJ sets in naturally heated lagoons or at boat parties in the midnight sunshine – and marvel at glistening waterfalls, black sand beaches, caves and vast volcanic fields on special day trips. Secret Solstice is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and 2019 is set to be its biggest edition yet.
EXIT FESTIVAL – PARTY IN A 17th CENTURY FORTRESS OVERLOOKING THE DANUBE IN SERBIA
July 4-7 | exitfest.org
Acts announced: The Cure, Skepta, Dj Snake, Greta Van Fleet, Desiigner, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Amelie Lens, Boris Brejcha, Carl Cox, Charlotte De Witte, IAMDDB, Jeff Mills, Lost Frequencies, Maceo Plex, Paul Kalkbrenner, Peggy Gou, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Sofi Tukker, Solomun, Tale Of Us, Tarja, Tom Walker, 65daysofstatic, 999999999 Live, Adriatique, Atheist Rap (30 Years), Bad Copy, Blawan, Boston 168 Live, Dax J, Eyesburn, Giorgia Angiuli Live, Hazze, HIgh5, I Hate Models, Johannes Brecht Live, Krankšvester, Krešo Bengalka, Lag + Monosaccharide Live, Monika Kruse, Peter And The Test Tube Babies, Renato Ratier, Sajsi MC, Satori Live, Shdw & Obscure Shape, Soilwork, Svemirko, The K’s, The Selecter, Van Gogh, VojkoV, Whitechapel, Zvonko Bogdan, 30Zona, Abop, Akioki, Ana Rs, Arcturus, Asphalt Chant, Atlas Erotika, Bajko Felix, Bekfleš, Black Lotus, Black Serbs, Blancah, Blend Mishkin, BoBadu, Bokee, Booze & Glory, Bronze, Buntai, Bush Mad Squad, Butchaa, Cake Boys, Coeus, Crnila Remix, Das Ich, Deadly Hunta, DJ/Mc Killo Killo, DJ Danjahras, DJ Laki & DJ Rokam, DJ One, DJ Spery, DJ Verso, Dfndr, Dub Duba, Duc in Altum, Dunkelbunt, Elioh, Elvis Jackson, Elon, Enforcer, Entombed A.D., Fam, Global Village People, Goran Kan, Grade 2, Grimegod, Herbal Queen, I.N.D.I.G.O, Ilija Djokovic, In Da Klub, Irie Scratch & Shorty P, Ital Vision, Jahmessenjah Sound System, Joma Maja, Kk Banda DJ’s, Kal, Kaoz, Katja Rubikova, Kawiar Mangueira, Kayda May, King Calypso, Klinac, Lawrence Klein B2b Forniva, Lil Yung, Little Shuja, Luka Brasi, Marcella, Marko Vuković, Martyrium, Miloš Vujović B2b Ranchatek, Mladen Tomić B2b Siniša Tamamović, Mongooz and the Magnet, Neki, Nevena Jeremić, New Wave, October Tide, Otvoreni Prelom, Palace, Pale Origins, PLYZ, Ponor, Raiven, Runy, Siberian Meat Grinder, Samostalni Referenti, Scandal, Shi-cu, Shuba Ranks, Sid Data, Sixth June, Skadam, Soft 85, Sorriso, Stas, Steppa Style, Sur Austru, Thundersteel, Tommy T., Total Chaos, Traples, Trepaj Il Krepaj, Two Pauz, Vaske, Vatra, Vitamin X, Waggles, Yung Rosh, Zguubi Dan, Zimski + Many More Soon
For four days every summer, the 17th century Petrovaradin Fortress opens its gates for EXIT – the award-winning music festival in Serbia’s second city, Novi Sad. EXIT began in 2000 as a student protest fighting for political change, and over the years it’s grown into one of Europe’s biggest festivals, with [thousands] partying in the stunning citadel perched high on a cliff overlooking the River Danube. The positive activism remains in the air, and each year has a specific theme (it was ‘Freedom’ in 2018). EXIT has possibly the most diverse line-up of any European festival, with 20 outdoor stages that feature everything from death metal to pop, indie, reggae and techno – among cobbled paths, courtyards, grass verges, ramparts and underground tunnels. The Dance Arena is the festival’s energetic hub, with 20,000 raving in the fortress moat waiting for the awe-inspiring moment when the sun rises above the ancient walls. Many DJs say the Dance Arena is the greatest place in the world to play, and after Nina Kraviz closed EXIT 2018 with an extended set until 9am, she called it “one of the most special places on Earth”.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE – WHERE YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE WHEN NO ONE CAN SEE YOU
July 5 – 7 July | rabbitresort.nl
Acts Announced: Editors, Janelle Monáe, Underworld, Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Foals, Vampire Weekend, De Staat, Balthazar, dEUS plays The Ideal Crash, Grace Jones, Robyn, The Roots, Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience, Rosalía, Skepta, AURORA, Beirut, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, David August, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, Lewis Capaldi, LP, Mahalia, Maribou State, Matt Corby, Ólafur Arnalds, Parquet Courts, RY X, Porto Parties X Desperados, Sofi Tukker, Agar Agar, Amber Arcades, Donny Benet, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, HENGE, Jordan Rakei, Low, Nona, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, slowthai, The Comet Is Coming, Altin Gün, Anna Leone, Arlo Parks, Benny Sings, Chamber Music – Veenfabriek, DāM-FunK (DJ-set), Ezra Collective, George FitzGerald, Gwyneth Wentink, IDER, Jonathan Wilson, jongNBE, Liniker e Os Caramelows, Nederlands Kamerorkest + Niek Baar, Orpheu The Wizard, Sam Fender, Sampa The Great, Sho Madjozi, SONS, Sylvie Kreusch, Ragazze Quartet, Tshegue and Many More..
Down The Rabbit Hole says adventure, confusion, surrealism and psychedelics, which has been an inspiration for (psycho) rockers, DJs, artists, designers and filmmakers ever since the rise of the pop culture in the uncurbed 1960s… Good company, so get ready to tumble! We have all the time in the world, there’s no rush. Take your time to dine in dozens of restaurants from all corners of the earth, go meditate in the forest, lie down in the green pasture, swim for a bit, strum by the campfire, discover hidden discos… Have a ball with brand-new bands or finally see that classic artist in full swing. We’re out and we’re loose! Build your own party and celebrate, enjoy what you do, all with an open mind and in a sustainable way: we’ll keep it green & clean. A trip to Down The Rabbit Hole is a perfect summer getaway! Bring your own camping gear or rent luxurious accommodations at our Rabbit Resort at Groene Heuvels – Beuningen (near Nijmegen).
OFF FESTIVAL – A VOYAGE OF UNDERGROUND DISCOVERY IN POLAND
August 2-4 | off-festival.pl
Acts Announced: Foals, Suede, Jarvis Cocker introducing JARV IS…, Stereo Lab, Neneh Cherry, Aldous Harding, The Comet Is Coming, Electric Wizard, Lebanon Hanover, The Gaslamp Killer, Loyle Carner, Zespół Pieśni i Tańca „Śląsk”, Perfect Son, Superorganism, OM, Durand Jones & The Indications, Dezerter gra „Underground out of Poland”, Octavian, Tirzah, Hania Rani, Honey Dijon, Lotic: Endless Power, The Body, slowthai, Black Midi, SAMA’, Jakuzi, Phum Viphurit, Soccer Mommy, Pablopavo i Ludziki z Naprawdę Dużym Zespołem, Trio Jazzowe Marcina Maseckiego, Emerald, Ammar 808, Boogarins, Bamba Pana & Makaveli, P.Unity, EABS feat. Tenderlonious, Wczasy, Entropia. .
OFF is a unique boutique festival that values experimentation and diversity above everything else – with founder and organiser Artur Rojek’s hands-on vision an inspiration to ambitious promoters and dreamers worldwide. OFF takes place in ‘Valley of Three Ponds’, Katowice – a beautiful green hideaway in the industrial Silesia region, with a huge choice of bars, restaurants and cultural centres to explore in the city close by. OFF ignores popular trends in favour of an expertly curated programme of esteemed artists – with the festival bringing many acts to Poland for the first time. It was created in 2006 as a way for Rojek to indulge his “dreams and passion for sharing music”, even if that means a black metal band can play next to a techno DJ, a post-punk act, avant-garde noise-rock, hip-hop, jazz, post-rock and beyond. From the greatest international underground heroes to essential forward-thinking Polish artists, OFF is an inspirational meeting of minds.
LOWLANDS – MUSIC, ART AND CULTURE CLASH AT THE DUTCH CAMPING PARADISE
August 16-18 | lowlands.nl Acts Announced: Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, The National, New Order, Royal Blood, Anne-Marie, Bear’s Den, Billie Eilish, Franz Ferdinand, Giorgio Moroder, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, James Blake, Jon Hopkins, Jorja Smith, Jungle, Lil Uzi Vert, Paul Kalkbrenner, Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience, Agoria (live), Antal, Camo & Krooked, Colin Benders, Denis Sulta, Dermot Kennedy, Donnie, FKJ, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, The Growlers, Helena Hauff, Honey Dijon, Hunee, IAMDDB, Jarreau Vandal Live, Joep Beving, Johnny Marr, Julia Jacklin, Jungle by Night, Lowlands Science,Loyle Carner, Mall Grab, Marcel Dettmann, Fashion Selector Live, My Baby, Parcels, Rimon, Sango, De Sluwe Vos Live, The Streets, Tamino, Tim Knol & The Blue Grass Boogieman, Thomas Azier, The Vaccines, Weval, Willem, Ziggy Marley, Ares, Bamba Pana & Makaveli, Black Midi, Bodega, Boy Pablo, The Chats, Code Orange, Courtesy, Dimension, DJ Bus Replacement Service, DJ Marcelle, Dub Inc., Eskorzo, Flohio, Girl in Red, Bjarki Happy Earthday AV, Identified Patient, I Dont Know How But They Found Me, Idles, AI/ AI, Legowelt Presents Gladio Live, Mad Miran, Marc Rebillet, Matteo Myderwyk, Moonlight Benjamin, Morgane Jr, Neuromonakh Feofan, Out of Control Army, LB, Pup, Rolando Bruno Live, Ross From Friends Live, Slaves, This is Lovski, Tirzah, Tommy Genesis, Two Feet, Upsammy, Whitney , Yang Yang – YPF., and many more..
A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise is the Netherlands’ most prestigious music festival that’s been a rite of passage for the Dutch since 1993. It takes place in rural Biddinghuizen – only an hour away from Amsterdam, so there’s even a chance to add in a city break either side. It’s a true music, arts and culture weekender, featuring the world’s biggest headliners on the circuit, as well as installations, theatre, comedy, film, debates and even science workshops. Each of the uniquely designed stages are covered so you can party rain or shine, and the iconic ‘Armadillo’ area is the festival’s power station, quirky bars, DJ booths and artisan restaurant areas that surpass regular festival food stalls. The Dutch are world-renowned as expert festival organisers, and Lowlands is a perfect smooth operator, from the intuitive layout to the lack of queues for bars, food and bathrooms – with the best campsite facilities of all the big European festivals. It’s a proper lost weekend too – Lowlands doesn’t do day tickets, so once you arrive on the Thursday you’re on a journey with your fellow happy campers until Sunday. This vibe was picked up by 2018 headliner Nile Rodgers, who posted: “Lowlands was fire! This was an amazing f-ing crowd! Truly insane, and that’s how we like it!”
SEA DANCE FESTIVAL – PARTY ON THE STUNNING ADRIATIC COAST IN MONTENEGRO
August tbc | seadancefestival.me
Acts announced: David Guetta, Robin Schulz, Ofenbach, + Many More Coming Soon
Sea Dance in Montenegro is an extension of the EXIT family – a gold standard guarantee in the festival world. Like EXIT, Sea Dance is also an award-winner, and was voted Best Medium Sized Festival at the European Festival Awards after its first edition in 2014. The festival bottles some of the magic of EXIT’s dance stages and transports it to the alluring golden sand beach of Budva on the Adriatic coast, with narrow medieval streets just a short walk away. EXIT’s famous No Sleep Novi Sad stage is repackaged for Sea Dance, with over 100 performers shared around numerous other stages. Evan as a relatively new addition to the festival scene, Sea Dance already has reputation for securing the biggest names in electronic music. Montenegro was recently listed by Skyscanner as the number one cheap holiday destination, with mountain biking, hiking and watersports available for those with energy left after dancing all night to the world’s biggest DJs.
AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT – IMMERSE YOURSELF IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC CULTURE
October 16 – 20 | amsterdam-dance-event.nl
Acts to be announced soon
Amsterdam is world famous as a hub for nightlife and electronic music, and every October it becomes the centre of the electronic music universe for five days during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). Some 400,000 people hit the Dutch capital every year for ADE, which features more than 2,500 international artists performing in over 100 of Amsterdam’s most iconic venues including Melkweg, Gashouder, Claire, Shelter, Paradiso, the NDSM Docklands and De School. But it’s not simply a five-day rave – ADE offers an inspirational conference programme that covers all aspects of dance music culture and the industry. By day, across Amsterdam’s five main districts, there are dozens of seminars, workshops, exhibitions, artist interviews, feature and documentary screenings, DJ showcases and tech classes. Amsterdam Dance Event takes place over five days every October and is the ultimate festival for electronic music fans, who can even learn more about the culture between the parties.